• Antonio Conte: Chelsea made a huge mistake selling Kevin De Bruyne

    Antonio Conte: Chelsea made a huge mistake selling Kevin De Bruyne

    Antonio Conte has revealed his regret that Chelsea sold Kevin De Bruyne.

    The Italian coach is a huge fan of the Belgian, who he will face on Saturday lunchtime when Chelsea travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

    De Bruyne was sold by Chelsea to Wolfsburg in 2014 before City brought him back to the Premier League in 2015 for a monumental £55million fee.

    And Conte thinks Chelsea made a mistake letting the 25-year-old leave the club.

    ‘De Bruyne played […]

  • Leaving Chelsea was obvious choice and smart move – De Bruyne

    Leaving Chelsea was obvious choice and smart move – De Bruyne

    Kevin De Bruyne has said leaving Chelsea was “the obvious choice” and told FourFourTwo he neither knew nor cared why he had failed to convince Jose Mourinho of his worth.

    Chelsea signed De Bruyne from Genk for £6.7 million in January 2012, and Mourinho brought him into the first-team squad 18 months later after a season on loan at Werder Bremen.

    But after making just nine appearances for Chelsea in the first half of the 2013-14 campaign, De Bruyne joined Wolfsburg in […]

  • ‘I don’t care!’ – Kevin De Bruyne hits out at Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

    ‘I don’t care!’ – Kevin De Bruyne hits out at Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

    Kevin De Bruyne has absolutely no regrets after failing to impress Jose Mourinho during his time at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

    The Belgian international, who was swiftly sold by then Blues boss Mourinho after failing to break into the Chelsea first team, returned to the Premier League after two seasons in Germany when Manchester City paid a club-record fee of £55million for the midfielder.

    De Bruyne’s stunning free-kick against Barcelona on Tuesday further silenced any lingering critics the 25-year-old may have been […]

  • I have no problems with Mourinho – De Bruyne

    I have no problems with Mourinho – De Bruyne

    Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne says he does not have any problems with Jose Mourinho following his spell under the Portuguese at Chelsea.

    De Bruyne was unable to secure regular first-team action at Chelsea, with Mourinho eventually deciding to offload the Belgium international to Wolfsburg.

    The Portuguese said he felt the midfielder was “not capable of fighting for a place in the first team”, though De Bruyne shut down such claims following his displays in the Bundesliga as well as Manchester […]

  • Only Messi above De Bruyne – Guardiola

    Only Messi above De Bruyne – Guardiola

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he rates Kevin de Bruyne as highly as any player he has managed, with the exception of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

    The Belgian scored City’s first goal in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

    He now has 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 games for the Blues, who have begun the season with a club-record eight successive wins in all competitions.

    Guardiola said: “Messi is on a table on his own. No-one else is allowed. But […]